Category Archives: Parenting

The Mission of Annapolis: A Grandparent’s Testimony

My name is Diane Carter.  I’m a teacher here in the upper schools as a science and Bible teacher and have been for most of the years since the doors opened over 20 years ago.  I’m also a parent here–my four children having passed through the halls of Annapolis with my last one sitting here today, a junior.  I’m also a grandparent with a grandson here in kindergarten.  I’ve been asked to address you this morning to share my heart as to why I have such a deep and long participation as a teacher in Classical and Christian education. I also hope to communicate with you why my husband and I have made such a long-term investment in Annapolis as our choice to help us educate our own children and why our children are now choosing Annapolis for the grandchildren.

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Whatever Happened to Manners & Morals?

Dear Annapolis Friends and Families (and any other featherless bipeds who happen to read this weekly letter),
Yesterday in chapel, Mr. Lockyer, Annapolis’ Grammar School Principal, publicly praised the actions of a third-grade student, Brody Williamson, who regularly helps a younger student out by carrying his fencing equipment to and from the dance studio where the two engage in all manner of dangerous swashbuckling endeavors after school. I was truly encouraged by Brody’s example of selflessness and service and was reminded afresh that kids these days aren’t all bad! Thank you, Brody, for restoring my hope in humanity’s future!
Though a small kindness, Brody’s action illustrates a BIG part of Annapolis’ mission: the restoration of respect for good ol’ fashioned manners and morals.
Admittedly, we are swimming upstream in our current culture of casual crudeness. It’s no secret that good manners and virtuous morals are decreasingly important to our society and that coarseness, rudeness, moral relativism, corruption, and depravity rule the day. For those who care, this trend is deeply concerning as it signals the onset of a new dark age of barbarism that threatens to engulf us completely. But what can be done to restore respect for things and people? How can Annapolis encourage thoughtful manners and virtuous character in our students and staff?

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Parent Academy: The Key to Cultivating a Community of Learning

Parents are the most vital constituency in any Christian school. They entrust their children to teachers and administrators during the formative years; they pay tuitions that underwrite a school’s existence; they volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to provide needed support for a school’s operations. While schools exist in part to serve the needs of children, a serious case can be made that a Christian school’s primary reason for existence is to serve the needs of parents.

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Annapolis Welcomes New Guidance Counselor

Annapolis is proud to welcome the newest member of the team, Mrs. Joanne Bielecki, who has been hired to oversee Annapolis’ 7th – 12th Grade guidance programs.  JoAnne was born and raised in New Britain, CT and attended the University of Connecticut. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2004. Since then, JoAnne has worked as a caseworker for ten years and as a school psychologist for an additional two.

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Respecting Readiness

Is your child “ready” for first grade? Is she “ready” to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic? If you attempt to answer this question by looking at her birth certificate and the calendar, you’re looking in the wrong direction. Chronological age and arbitrary cut-offs are completely irrelevant. The only thing that truly matters is your child’s individual rate and pattern of development.

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Regain Adult Authority: The Blessing of Christian Discipline

Our 1 year old is all over the place, and for the most part we welcome this new mobile intensity.

Some parents love the newborn stage and dread the infamous toddler, but let us sleep through the night and we’re game for most anything he gets into. This morning, this thought, brought me to my favorite coffee mug.

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Train Up A Child: Tips on Early Childhood Training

I just heard from the other room my 3 year old son tell my wife, “I’ll protect him!” This is a pretty common phrase around here and he’s an awesome little boy, but I don’t want you to believe for a moment that he’s an exception to the rule (you know the rule: toddlers are insane and unruly little monsters).

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